Hydrographic Survey Techniques on Mississippi

by Otis T. Welch, U.S. Army Engr. Dist., Memphis Survey Branch, Memphis, TN,

Serial Information: Journal of the Surveying and Mapping Division, 1971, Vol. 97, Issue 2, Pg. 109-112

Document Type: Journal Paper


Hydrographic surveys on the Mississippi River are made throughout theyear for navigation and bank stabilization organizations. Tofacilitate obtaining requested surveys the District's 400 miles ofMississippi River is divided into four reaches of approximately 100miles, with a survey party responsible for each reach. Each surveyparty is self sustaining from the standpoint of having the equipmentand personnel available to accomplish any survey requested. Typicalsurveys would include before and after revetment construction, beforedike construction, general hydrographic, general dredging, and annualresurveys of revetments and dikes. Methods used to accomplish all thetypical surveys are covered and ideas towards improvement areincluded.

Subject Headings: Hydrographs | Hydrographic surveys | River bank stabilization | Geomatic surveys | Surveying instruments | Revetments | Construction management | Navigation (waterway) | Mississippi | United States | Mississippi River

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